Fortune Hunter is the second novella in the Brook Street trilogy by Ava March.
Julian Parker has returned to London from the states with the intention of marrying an heiress. Flat broke, he is one of “those” Parkers; disgraced after the father gambled his fortune away and then moved his family to the continent. Now, he determined to return to London society, marry well and finally fit in among the aristocracy.
Oscar has more money than is decent and a heart that’s even bigger than his fortune. His family has taken advantage of him, and he is known for his generosity. He’s mostly lonely and wants a friend. When Julian enters his life he thinks he’s found both a friend and a lover until he learns of Julian’s true agenda.
Right away I didn’t care for Julian. This is a romance and so of course I knew he’d eventually redeem himself but unfortunately I spent most of the story not really able to warm up to him. Julian’s motives were selfish; he knew he preferred men and was still willing to marry a woman knowing he had nothing to offer her: not money, a place in society or love. I realize that marriages of convenience were common but that, combined with his dishonesty with Oscar made it difficult to sympathize with him.
Oscar is lovable and sweet. His generosity and big heart won me over. He falls for Julian and even in the face of betrayal, his heart remains soft toward Julian, without coming off as a doormat. There is just nothing not to love about Oscar.
Although the romantic relationship was rocky, Oscar and Julian did not lack heat in the bedroom. Ava March really knows to capture the excitement of forbidden passion. The theatre scene where Oscar and Julian get a little naughty was titillating. The build up of sexual tension, amplified by the potential for getting caught, made for a very memorable scene.
While I didn’t like this one as much as the first novella in the trilogy, I still gobbled it up like I do most romances by Ava March. The passion and sexual tension kept me turning the pages even though the romance didn’t completely work for me. I’m a big fan of Oscar though and I’m glad he got his man.